Release the OECD Report into Scottish Education
Let us judge the unvarnished truth.
Under normal circumstances, it might be understandable that a draft report has to pass through many hands, in many government departments, before being published to the public domain.
However, these are far from normal circumstances. There was every indication - before the pandemic hit - that education standards in Scottish schools were falling, and that much of this was attributable to the misguided implementation of changes by the SNP administration, particularly around the introduction of the so-called Curriculum for Excellence (CfE).
We are two-and-a-half months away from an election to the Scottish Parliament. In the run-up to the last election the First Minister had previously called for people to judge her on her record in education...
“Let me be clear – I want to be judged on this. If you are not, as First Minister, prepared to put your neck on the line on the education of our young people then what are you prepared to. It really matters.” - Nicola Surgeon, 2015 (The Scotsman, 19th August 2015)
Given the impact of the pandemic on schooling in 2020-21, it is even more necessary to know the facts, so any return to a normal stands a chance of teachers being able to serve a quality education to pupils. They deserve nothing less.
This OECD report has been commissioned with public money, taxpayers money, and we have a right to see it before we vote in May.
Nicola Sturgeon asked to be judged on this - let us all keep to our end of the bargain.
The article from the Scottish Liberal Democrats website can be found here